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Tacitly Yours

Cutting the cord

We've officially cut the cord. Over the weekend, my husband and I decided it was finally time to stop the satellite TV from beaming into our house and filling out lives with more than 100 television stations.

Cutting the cord and leaving satellite television behind is something we've talked about doing since we moved into our new home. But at the time we were moving, making the move away from satellite TV just wasn't high on the priority list.

But the debate as to whether to keep our satellite or make the switch to a simple antenna was recently sparked again.

My husband was walking through a local store when he found a television antenna on clearance. At first he was content to just leave it on the shelf. But over the course of the next couple of weeks he became almost obsessed with the antenna that was on sale. He would check on it every time he was at the store to make sure there was still one there waiting for him.

Just last week, he broke down and finally bought the antenna. As we drove home from the store, I looked at my husband and begged him not to bring the boxed up antenna into the house and not to put it together before the weekend.

Well, I went outside to water my flowers and when I came back there was a fully assembled antenna sitting in my living room next to my sheepish looking husband. I knew he wasn't going to be able to stop himself.

The other surprise I received when I walked into the house was the size of our new television antenna. I took one look at the five foot tall, four foot wide monstrosity and told my husband there was no way we were putting that on our roof.

That was one area where my husband agreed, which meant that he had several days in the attic to look forward to, which is where our new television antenna now calls home.

The antenna project meant that my weekend was filled with trips to the store to pick up things like splitters and signal amplifiers, trying to ensure that we could get our five channels in without any static.

Then Monday night, when my husband was satisfied that every one of our stations was coming in crystal clear, he made the call. He canceled our satellite subscription.

I will admit that it isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Watching my husband trudge up and down the ladder into our attic all weekend, all I could think about was all of the television shows I was no longer going to be able to watch. There would be no more Home and Garden Television, and all of the shows I watched on TLC I would no longer have the privilege of viewing.

But after only two nights, I can definitely say that you don't miss what you don't have.

I have already found other things to watch, and I've found that I am much less apt to waste my entire night sitting in front of the television set.

I know for many people the idea of having only four or five channels isn't a big deal. For some people, who don't have television at all, it's four or five channels more than they are used to. But I'm a girl who grew up with cable TV. This is the first time I've had so few choices once I turn on the television.

But in the end, I know that my husband and I made the right decision. Not having satellite television beaming into our house has proven to not really be that big of deal.

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